A little festival afterglow

Film

Screenings: The Charles has don't-miss movies like Maysles brothers documentaries

the Orpheum replays `Brakhage' and Jacobson comedy.

April 30, 1999|By Ann Hornaday | Ann Hornaday,SUN FILM CRITIC

After an impressive debut during the Maryland Film Festival, the Charles Theatre has booked some don't-miss movies this week.

In addition to Majid Majidi's tender drama "Children of Heaven," the theater has brought in three seminal documentaries by the legendary Maysles Brothers, which will be shown this weekend: "Salesman" (1968), about a group of Willy Loman-esque Bible salesmen; "Grey Gardens" (1976), about Edith and Edie Beale, a mother and daughter living in eccentric squalor on a crumbling Long Island estate, and, Friday and Saturday only, "Gimme Shelter" (1970), the Rolling Stones tour film that, among other things, inspired "This Is Spinal Tap."

Monday and Tuesday, the Chuck will bring back Wes Anderson's charmingly offbeat "Rushmore," as well as Anderson's first film, "Bottle Rocket," another wonderfully quirky comedy featuring by Anderson's collaborator, Owen Wilson.

Wednesday will feature a one-day-only appearance by "Surrender Dorothy" (1998), Kevin Di Novis' wacky comedy about a hapless busboy that has won honors at Slamdance, Baltimore's MicroCineFest and the New York Underground Film Festival.

Meanwhile, the Orpheum is presenting two of its biggest hits from the Maryland Film Festival this weekend: "Brakhage," Jim Shedden's acclaimed documentary about influential avant-garde filmmaker Stan Brakhage, and "Mary Jane's Not a Virgin Anymore," Sarah Jacobson's coming-of-age sex comedy. They play through Sunday.

Monday, the Orpheum brings back "Little Voice," in which Jane Horrocks plays a shy young woman who can express herself only in song, and which features an Oscar-nominated performance by Brenda Blethyn as her domineering mother.

`My Name is Joe'

Cinema Sundays at the Charles will show "My Name is Joe," Ken Loach's romance about a recovering alcoholic (Peter Mullan) and a social worker (Louise Goodall). Cinema Sundays founder George Udel will introduce the film and lead the post-screening discussion. Doors open at 9: 45 a.m.; the screening will begin around 10: 30. Coffee and bagels will be served. Memberships for the six remaining Cinema Sundays programs are still available for $72 ($60 for renewing members). Walk-up tickets may be purchased for $15 if seats are available.

`Thin Blue Line'

The Hiroshima-Nagasaki Commemoration Committee continues its video series "Justice-Injustice" tonight with a showing of "The Thin Blue Line" (1988), Errol Morris' extraordinary documentary that used interviews and re-enactments to reconstruct the arrest of Randall Adams for a murder he didn't commit. The video will be shown at the American Friends Service Committee, 4806 York Road, at 7: 30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served.

Volunteers sought

Baltimore filmmaker Kim Moir will hold a general interest meeting for volunteers interested in working on his film "Sinsitivity," which will be shot in Baltimore between May 10 and 24. Some video or film production experience is preferred. Applicants should provide a resume and should have general availability during the film's production dates. The meeting will take place on Saturday at the Arena Playhouse, 801 N. McCullough St., from 12: 30 p.m. until 2 p.m. For more information, visit the film's Web site at http: //www.sinsitivity.com, or call 410-281-1699.

Makeover day and auction

Women in Film and Video of Maryland will hold a makeover day on Sunday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Haircuts, manicures and makeup application will be offered at the Europa International Salon, 5701 Newbury St. There will also be a silent auction for such items as a lunch and script consultation with filmmaker Steve Yeager ("Divine Trash") and a wine-tasting tour for 10 people at Boordy Vineyards (which will be featured in the film "Runaway Bride"). For more information, call the WIFV hot line at 410-685-FILM.

Screenings

* If you missed "Divine Trash," "My Son the Fanatic" and "A Hard Day's Night" at the Maryland Film Festival last weekend, you can catch them at Filmfest DC this weekend. Filmfest ends Sunday with a screening of Bernardo Bertolucci's new film, "Besieged," starring Thandie Newton and David Thewlis. For more program and schedule information, call 202-628-FILM.

* Towson University's annual spring film series, "Robots, Androids, Cyborgs and Replicants: Artificial Life in Science Fiction Cinema," continues Monday with "Demon Seed" (1977) and "Iczer-One Act II: Sigma's Treachery" (1986). Screenings start at 7: 30 p.m. in Van Bokkelen Hall auditorium on the Towson campus. Admission is free. For more information, call the Center for the Arts box office at 410-830-2787.

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